Up in the northern corner of Kowloon-side Hong Kong, just past a mega shopping complex, is Chi Lin Nunnery, a complete break from the intense metropolis.
This temple complex calmly sits amongst imposing high-rises, practically hidden by them. It's not an ancient place with a rich history and but it's true to its roots, built entirely of wood, without iron nails.
Tucked away from busy streets and storefronts, the sounds of commerce and hustle are replaced by monks chanting behind closed doors.
Next to the complex is a garden, vegetarian restaurant and tea house on a pond.
Other temples go for bright reds and golds, with intricate roofs and elaborate statues depicting figures of Buddhism. Chi Lin has few colors, brown is the most present, seen on all its freshly painted walls. Bright splashes of colors are seen in the details: signs and cloths above entryways and pink flowers on the meticulously trimmed, yet modest potted plants.
Chi Lin is a rebellion against the ostentatious temples of the area and frenetic Hong Kong as a whole. A rebellion that is maintained by diligent groundskeepers and kept in order by an army napping security guards.